September 2, 2014

Jordan Miles’ supporters press for charges against city police officers

Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The second of three planned weekend protests seeking “Justice for Jordan Miles” was held Saturday at the Strip District building housing the city’s Office of Municipal Investigations.

Photos: Wash-in at the Office of Municipal Investigations

Pittsburgh police chief says 3 officers suspended in beating case will be reinstated to force

Associated Press—Three white plainclothes Pittsburgh police officers who had been suspended with pay for more than 15 months will be reinstated now that a city investigation has failed to “prove or disprove” allegations that they wrongly beat a black teen.

3 officers in Jordan Miles case reinstated

DA still reviewing case Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Pittsburgh’s mayor and police chief announced today that three officers who had been off the job during an investigation into the arrest of Jordan Miles are being reinstated without discipline.

Jordan Miles civil and criminal cases go on

Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Mediation has failed to resolve a civil lawsuit stemming from the 2010 beating of Jordan Miles, because a criminal probe complicated settlement talks, court papers filed Sunday indicate.

Community groups: Make Pittsburgh police more accountable

Bill Vidonic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review— Community groups today urged Pittsburgh City Council to continue its efforts to make city police officers more accountable to the people they serve.

Year in the dark: Pittsburgh deserves answers on the Miles case

Editorial, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—On Jan. 12, 2010, Homewood teenager Jordan Miles received, in the words of his lawyer, “an excessive beating” by three Pittsburgh police officers. Mr. Miles wasn’t a gang member. He wasn’t packing heat or carrying drugs. He was a high school honor student on the way to his grandmother’s house.

The Miles case: Eight months later, answers go begging

Editorial, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—On. Jan. 12, Homewood resident Jordan Miles, 18, was confronted by three undercover police officers on Tioga Street as he made his way from his mother’s home to his grandmother’s nearby.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Police conduct doesn’t add up in rankings

Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—In recent weeks, Pittsburgh was designated the nation’s most livable city again. That honor was quickly followed by a new survey listing Pittsburgh as the seventh-best city in America to raise children.

Police conduct doesn’t add up in rankings

Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—In recent weeks, Pittsburgh was designated the nation’s most livable city again. That honor was quickly followed by a new survey listing Pittsburgh as the seventh-best city in America to raise children.

More on Hlavac, Miles cases

Chris Potter, City Paper—In a post earlier this week, I raised some questions about two cases involving accusations of police misconduct: the (since dismissed) charges of domestic abuse against Pittsburgh police Sergeant Eugene Hlavac, and the investigation into the conduct of officers involved in the Jordan Miles case.

Pittsburgh solicitor says investigation into Miles case still open

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The city’s probe into a high school student’s claims that three police officers beat him in January remains open pending the outcome of an FBI investigation into the allegations, city solicitor Daniel Regan said Tuesday.

Miles investigation ongoing until federal probe ends

Chris Togneri, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—An investigation into a Homewood teenager’s allegations that three Pittsburgh police officers beat him during a January arrest will remain open until a federal investigation is complete, the city solicitor said in a letter Tuesday.

Dowd demands city to release report on Jordan Miles arrest

Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Councilman Patrick Dowd says the city’s investigation into a high school student’s claims that three police officers beat him in January is complete, and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is needlessly withholding its findings from the police chief.

Pittsburgh police reform agenda delayed

Adam Brandolph/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday delayed for three weeks a vote on a set of bills that stemmed from allegations police officers beat an 18-year-old student in Homewood.

Upon Further Review

Charlie Deitch, City Paper—“Piece of junk!” Beth Pittinger hisses at her Hewlett-Packard computer through clenched teeth.

Pittsburgh City Council eyes more police oversight in proposals

Annual reports would be required Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess on Tuesday introduced two more bills that he said are designed to improve public safety and boost public confidence in the police department.

Charges dropped: But police conduct is also at issue in the Miles case

Editorial, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Each disclosure in the case of high school student Jordan Miles raises new alarms.

Defense lawyers hired for Pittsburgh officers in Homewood case

Bobby Kerlik, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—The Pittsburgh police union hired veteran criminal defense attorneys for three officers under investigation by the city and FBI for allegations of brutality during the arrest of a Homewood teenager.

Honors student Jordan Miles cleared by judge

Bobby Kerlik, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—A Homewood teenager at the center of a racially charged police brutality investigation celebrated with his family Thursday when a judge dismissed charges from his arrest by officers he says beat him.